Aromatherapy Research Stress Relief ICU Nurses

Research Stress Relief ICU Nurses

by KG Stiles, Clinical Aromatherapist

Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital conducted a controlled research study to examine conclusively the effects of aromatherapy on the relief of work-related stress for Intensive Care Unit (ICU) nurses.

The controlled study was conducted on 14 ICU nurses over 42 nursing shifts. Nurses were given Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), and Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea). Both essential oils have been shown in previous research to calm stress and relieve anxiety. Over 57 percent of the ICU nurses involved in the research study when surveyed reported a decrease in their perceived stress levels after using essential oils.

“The study showed the use of clinical aromatherapy is effective in reducing stress, which we hope will improve retention and turnover, and increase nurses’ satisfaction with their jobs,” said Erin Pemberton, BSN, RN, CPAN, LMT, CCAP, lead researcher and med/surg ICU nurse. “ICU nurses are called to participate in end-of-life decisions and patient resuscitations, and support families through a patient’s journey. It is important for nurses to have outlets and options for stress relief.”

CLICK HERE TO READ the full published research paper, “The Effect of Essential Oils on work related stress in Intensive Care Unit Nurses”